Friday, May 31, 2013

Saint Pierre @ Quayside Isle

Special thanks to Isabel, Edina, Chef Stroobant and team for the kind invite and hospitality!

Saint Pierre at Magazine Road had been on my list of "When the bonus is in" for the longest time, way before Sque or even Rocks Grill was conceptualised. They have since closed that outlet and reopened with a brand new brunch menu and dinner menu to relive the memories for regulars.

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view

Let me try to illustrate the arduous journey for the regular folk, save for those who already have transport into the island. Sentosa is huge. There are no two ways to reaching this part of Sentosa - tranquility and quiet definitely comes at a price tag, a hefty one too. From harbourfront station, one either takes the train into Sentosa for $4 (at least it is limitless rides to the furthest end of Sentosa). Then, head to the bus interchange to board Bus 3 which comes every 30 minutes, woe is having missed one and waiting eternity for the other.

W Hotel is located at such a farflung corner that I thought The Sentosa was already bad enough. To be fair, The Sentosa even gets the islander bus heading inside for a drop off but not for Quayside Isle. The drop off is a 10-15 minute walk away from the dining area and should the sun be scorching, SPF 50 would be suffice to escape the horrific freckles. For the super rich and the view for every retiree. It is so scenic, it is painful to think about work or the days beyond this lazy island.

So there, the journey there is painful enough.

If all else fails, driving in for an entry fee of $7 could just save all the hassle.

restaurant list

The directory of restaurants to reward the adventurous.

aisle

Does this even look a teenyweeny bit like our concrete jungle?

cafes

Kith Cafe that spots queues so long even in such a far flung area!

Saint Pierre is new to this row of eateries. Round the corner infact and up the second floor. They have plans for a wine bar and the second floor plays home to the restaurant. At the time of visit signages were barely up so there's no frontal shot of the place.

display

A stack of menus, namecards and a couple of knickknacks to make the place as casual as can be.

tables

All window seats come with a reward of a picturesque view of the yacht harbour. At least it is great for dreaming of the vacation that may come somewhere later!

window view

Loving the furniture and clean colours used.

chef stroobant

Hi Chef Stroobant! A really affable chef who seems really down to earth and definitely has a passion for food.

kitchen

The open concept kitchen which he kindly pulled up the panes for this shot. A peek into the kitchen filled with light bantering and laughter. They hold cooking workshops every now and then and this particular corner is dedicated for easy demonstration.

cheese tray

The cheese trolley was wheeled out way before brunch started.

black truffle cheese

Cheese with black truffle sandwiched, I wish I remembered this later on!

nuts and fruit

Jars of fruit and nut to complete the cheese platters.

menu

New on the menu for Saint Pierre, they have hopped on the bandwagon for brunch! This works like a set lunch, $38++ for a choice of drink, mains and dessert, except this is only available on Saturdays from 1130am - 3pm. Last orders are at 230pm.

menu

The intricate carving at the back of the huge menu.

plate

Cutlery that deserved more observation. No table cloths, no white plates, neither were there wine glasses to annoy. This is brunch completely leisure - all troubles tossed out of the window, as with rules and regulations.

tea pot

An iron cast pot to dispense warm water!

asparagus

Riding on the same concept of doing away with the fuss, flower posies made of asparagus.

plant

How about a pot of greens? I love these touches that make every table the same but not entirely different.

bread basket

Bread basket completely baked in house and it came in a gunny sack. The last time I had anything out of a gunny sack was probably buttermilk chicken. This came with a swirl of french butter and selection of preserves.

orange juice

Freshly squeezed juices without syrup if I may add. A tropical start to a tropical getaway!

croissant

Hi there, little frenchie. I love my croissants the way Jones The Grocer does them, gummy, buttery, warm and flaky all at once. These are a tad healthy without a trace of oil though still flaky.

croissant

Spy those gorgeous layers! Not quite french affair I was dreaming about but it was a good enough edible effort.

bun

A bun as flat as a tau sar piah from 40 Hands.

butter bun

I half expected it to be filled with some surprise. Just a milk bun methinks.

loner

Last one standing. I suppose they abide by saving the best for the last?

jams

My favourite raspberry preserve with whole raspberries!

raspberry jam

The best saved for the last indeed. Chewy and crusty all in a slice.

casserole

Beef Parmentier ($18)
Home-made corned beef, mashed potato, truffle brunoise

beef

This is like a home made shepherd's pie, instead of minced beef there is home made corned beef. A heartfelt dish with onions, mashed potato, beef and truffle. Not intended to be served piping hot, this was still a winning dish for me.

eggs benny

Eggs Benedict ($24)
Eggs, brioche, iberico belluto ham, champagne hollandaise sauce

poke

The moment of truth with one slice, the thick runny daffodil yellow yolk was a picture of happiness.

spillover

The uncontrollable gush of yolk. Two bite sized portions of eggs benny with soft brioche. The heart went all out for the delicious sliver of iberico belluta ham.

waffles

Waffles ($18)
Foie gras mousse, apple compote, vanilla beans

waffles

Taken from their signature foie gras and apple main course dish, they gave waffles a new twist by heading savoury and sweet at the same time. The wonderful balance is so easy to love.

cheeses

Cheese Platter (Choice of 1 $15, 3 $25, 5 $35)

The waiter's knowledge of cheeses was astounding, he even made recommendations where to get them. I loved the range that they have, instead of the usual bries and gorgonzolas. Usually only a cheese person when I have a sandwich, I may just head for cheeses as a main course next time.

I had them in varying degrees of richness,

Comte (18 month) - Light.
St Felicien - Nice but did not struck a chord with me because it was a bit cardboard-like in texture.
Morbier - Much like brie but much stronger in taste
Coeur d'Arras or Maroilles - A personal favourite with a pungent smell and taste. Very characteristic cheese!

bread

Another side of bread to go with the cheeses.

tea 

Camomile to calm the senses after a gastronomically exciting meal. 

Weekend brunch at Saint Pierre's is nothing short of amazing. Food was delicious, view worth a million bucks, a particular waiter was eye candy and so is the chef and service is attentive. For once, the temperature of a restaurant can be adjusted according to the customer's request. Instead of throwing me a shawl or brushed aside with a bland "the aircon system is centralised", here's one that bothers enough. Menu is still under tweaking but with the current offerings, they look set for great success.

Saint Pierre could be the reason for the tedious journey in and out of the island. I am totally looking forward to dinner there some time!

Saint Pierre
Quayside Isle

6 comments:

  1. the cheese with black truffles looks ah-mazing!

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  2. This looks an invitation review. Did you pay for your food?

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  3. @bern: yes they were!

    @anon: it's stated as an invited session with my acknowledgement of thank at the start of the entry.

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  4. are they open for lunch on weekdays like before?

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  5. Too bad I have something on and could not make it for the event.

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  6. @derrick: awww dang, what a waste!! was really good!

    @anon: as far as I'm aware, not at the moment. they have their signature dinners on though...!

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